Thursday: Mouse

Dec 5, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.   Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language, and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about bears.  The children told me everything they know about mice.  Fun facts:  A baby mouse is called a pinky, or a kitten.  Mice have tails that are as long as their bodies.  The word mouse comes from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “thief”.  Mice are constant eaters- and will eat almost anything.  Mice have great balance and can walk along very thin pieces of rope or wire.  They can even scale rough vertical surfaces.  Mice like to stay close to their home.  Whiskers help mice to sense smooth and  rough edges, temperature change and breezes.

Creative Development: Discussed: What color is your favorite food?  Explained that when mice eat food they often leave a trail of food bits.  We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How  do you stay warm in cold weather? How do you think a mouse stays warm in cold weather? I placed several different pairs of mittens on the floor.  I invited the children to come up one at a time and try on a pair of the  mittens.  I then hid that child’s eyes and took one pair away.  They had to tell me what pair was missing.  I then read the Rhyme Time Poster “Three Little Kittens.”  We read and acted out the rhyme.  Discussed how the kittens felt and what the mommy did.  We discussed the rhyming words in the rhyme.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you like to do when you listen to someone reading?  Mice are known for being quiet animals.  Many times people say, “Quiet as a mouse”, when someone is being very quiet.   We looked at the title of the book, “Timber” and predicted what we thought the book would be about.   We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, author, illustrator and title page.  We read the book together.  We discussed the story while we read.  

Science: Discussed: Where have you seen snow?    We found the lake story piece and placed it on the floor.  I had the children sit in a circle around these pieces so that we could all see it.  We looked at the lake and discussed  that when water gets warm it goes up into the sky.  The children moved their hands from the floor to reach to the sky.  I had a child come get the cloud piece, she placed it above the lake and discussed that all the water vapor that comes off the lake gathers to make a cloud in the sky.   The children used their hands to make a cloud shape.  I then had children come up and pick the rain drops and place them between the cloud and the lake.  Explained that when a cloud gets heavy and crowded, it releases the water. We had the  children move their fingers from the sky to the ground as they wiggle them like raindrops.  I then had several children came up and found the snowflakes and placed them on top of the rain.  Explained that the water freezes when the air is cold and that makes snow.  How does snow move?

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Mr. Potato Head and Wooden train set Center 2: Owl Puppet- The children painted the paper plate and then added the pieces to the plate.  Center 3:  Mouse Tracks-We painted the child’s fist on the pinky side.  They made a print on the paper and turned that into a mouse.  They then used a cotton swab to make dots as the crumbs that the mouse was eating.   Center 4: Follow the Tracks-The children will practice their writing skills by following the lines on the I Can Write sheet.  


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